London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) - The General Course

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Academic Program

Students are integrated into classes along side degree-seeking students in a mixture of lectures and small seminars.

  • Fields of study: In addition to economics and political science, departments available to General Course students include: anthropology, economics, environmental studies, philosophy, politics, sociology
  • Eligibility: Quantitative subjects: 10.5/12, qualitative: 9.9/12 GPA; 3 or more courses in major completed prior to participation
  • Size of the student body: 9,500 full time students from 140 countries
  • Number of program participants: 450 General Course students per year

Living Arrangements

Students share a double room in student flats located within a 10 to 30 minute walk or a 15 minute tube ride. One housing option has a meal plan, in other housing, students will prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps. Students who choose a single room must pay for the difference between single and double accommodation.

Term Dates

  • Full Term: Mid-September to late June - This program is only possible for the full year, no petition is required.


  • Advising Tips: Students have to complete a petition process through the Registrar's Office for courses from abroad to fulfill the Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) general education requirement. However, the courses - Anthropology of Kinship, Sex & Gender; and Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries have already been approved by prior petition to the Faculty Executive Committee for the GWS requirement. This program will require 2 references, preferred from a relevant social sciences professor.
  • Visa Information: Since the program is for more than six months, Immigration requirements are that students apply for a Tier 4 student visa. With this visa, students are also eligible to work, intern or volunteer for up to 20 hours per week.
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